The goal of the project is to mitigate erosion caused naturally by the river, general park use, and vehicles. JROC consulted with the fire department to make sure any improvements met their needs. Several employees from Riverside Outfitters supplemented JROC volunteers and JRPS staff to complete this project. Funds for this project were generously provided by REI.
Low water is usually not a good thing for the paddling community but in this case it was beneficial to completing JROC’s November project. River access via the Wetlands area of JRPS is an important entry point for the fire department’s swift water rescue teams. Here is a 2015 Richmond Times-Dispatch interview with Brian Turnage, captain of the swift water rescue team, on the service they provide. WTVR has footage of the team in action. The put-in is also used by the local paddling community and raft companies.
To see more photos from the project, visit Rich Young’s Facebook page.
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